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DUI in the NFL: Does the League Have a Drinking Problem?

DUI IN THE NFL Does the League Have a Drinking Problem? Everyone loves the NFL. When it comes to players, some are unconditionally adored, and some are hated with a passion. But regardless of their status in the eyes of fans, one thing's for sure: they are not above the law. This infographic takes a look at what is considered the single-biggest and the deadliest criminal issue in the NFL: DUI. DUI EPIDEMIC IN THE NFL? With the league full of wealthy young men who love to party and then jump into their expensive cars, there's no wonder the DUI arrest rate is so high. 624 28% 13-14 Number of arrests of NFL players since January, 2000 On average, NFL players are arrested for ĎUI about 13-14 times were DUI charges. a year. Number of NFL Arrests Related to Drunk Driving (2007 - 2012 seasons) 25 15 10 NFL players belong to the most at-risk age group for drinking under the influence, with males ages 21 to 34 responsible for 42% of fatal DUI crashes. 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Is NFL Worse Behaved than the General Public? Compared to the general population, the DUI arrest rate among NFL players is not so high. 60" 160" 5'6" 5'6" 5'0" 5'0" For men ages 22 to 34, the rate of arrests is 3.5% 4'6 9.9% 4'6" 3.5% 4'0 4'0" in the NFL compared to 3'6" 3'6" 9.9% for all men. 3'0 3'0" NFL PLAYER GENERAL PUBLIC SEASON: OFF FOR PLAYING, ON FOR DRINKING According to experts, the off-season arrest rate for NFL players is up 75% year-over-year. Although they're not working, NFL players have a turbulent offseason, with May, June, and July the busiest months in terms of arrests. 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec The rate of arrests is surprisingly high, considering that the average career is only 3.5 years. RACIST DUI ARRESTS With 260:28 the arrest ratio of black to white players, blacks are 10x more likely to be arrested than whites. VIKIDGS 88% 60% 21% of those arrested do not have of those arrested had one or of those arrested during traffic stops were black. a criminal record. more minor violations. HIGH-PROFILE CASES JEREMIAH RATLIFF, 2013 Dallas Cowboys, Defensive Tackle Accused of drunken driving after crashing his Ford pickup truck into an 18-wheeler. Arrested, Resolution undetermined. 1 BRANDON BARDEN, 2013 Tennessee Titans, Tight End Charged with drunken driving after single-car accident in Georgia. Car left road and flipped. Arrested, Charges dropped. JOE MORGAN, 2013 New Orleans Saints, Wide Receiver Arrested on drunken driving charge after being found asleep behind wheel on expressway in Louisiana. Arrested, Resolution undetermined. IS THE LEAGUE STEPPING IN? Zero tolerance is really the only way the League could end this problem before it grows out of proportions. Several measures are already being implemented: DUI PLAYER UDER 800.203 4731 TRANSPORTATION LINK 24/1/316 (PTL) Under the current substance abuse policies, a player arrested for DUI is obligated to enroll in the substance program and pay a fine of two game checks up to maximum $50,000. Discipline for subsequent violations would be suspension. PTL is a confidential transportation service put at the disposal of members of the NFLPA (active and retired) for pre-arranged transport services and emergency Car service and taxi app Uber is giving players $200 in ride credits and promos for their friends and family if they use it to get home safe. responses. SOURCES: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2012/12/10/dallas-cowboys-josh-brent-nfl-drinking-driving-dui/1757651/ http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/america-tonight-blog/2013/9/5/history-of-nfl-sdrunkdrivingis sueslingersasseasonbegins.html http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1686301-every-nfl-player-arrested-in-2013/page/37 http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nfl/arrests/2013/all/all/ http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/07/nfl-giving-players-uber-credits-avoid-drunk-driving/ http://www.thepostgame.com/features/201304/nfl-play S-worry-about-privacy-when-using-car-service http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/19705044/goodell-committed-to-stemming-nfls-dui-domestic-violence-arrests http://www.stat.duke.edu/~dalene/chance/chanceweb/123.nflviol.pdf TheLawOffice of Brought to you by: Kimberly Diego www.diegocriminaldefense.com DENVER CRIMINAL DEFENSE LA WYER

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Everyone loves the NFL. When it comes to players, some are unconditionally adored, and some are hated with a passion. But regardless of their status in the eyes of fans, one thing’s for sure: they a...

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